- Pledges to uphold party supremacy
By Lawrence Olaoye
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that he would appoint competent members of the party to head government agencies and parastatals.
The President gave this assurance yesterday in a statement made available to newsmen by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, after a meeting with the members of the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC) led by its National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Buhari also told the party leadership that he would be more conscious of the interests of the party in taking key decisions.
The President who pledged to uphold party supremacy also commended Oshiomhole and other members for their sacrifices and overall success in the last general elections in the country.
“It is obvious that the success of the party was more paramount in your hearts. You could have deployed the times and energy you deployed for the party for your own personal use.
‘‘I respect the sacrifices you are making; you can only derive satisfaction if you are working for your country and all our people because, materially, nobody can pay you for the sacrifices,” the President said.
The President used the occasion to appeal to NWC members to abide by the constitution of the party, adding: “It is not enough to just criticise certain decisions of the party without first understanding what the constitution says.”
Buhari assured the NWC that competent members with the requisite experience will be invited to contribute their quota to nation-building as heads and chairmen of boards of governmental parastatals and agencies.
Earlier, Oshiomhole while congratulating the President on the electoral victory, noted that the NWC was meeting with him exclusively for the first time after the elections.
The party chairman acknowledged that, while it was regrettable that the party lost some states, the greatest victory of the APC was in Kwara and Gombe states.
‘‘In Kwara, we uprooted the ruling dynasty and inaugurated absolutely loyal and totally committed APC men at the helm of affairs,’’ he said.
Commending the unique leadership style of the President, Oshiomhole thanked President Buhari for his unflinching support that ensured the success of the party in holding the principal offices of the 9th National Assembly.